Best practices: Group policy and Office 365 ProPlus

The Best Practices Guide includes deployment recommendations and real-world examples from the Office 365 Product Group and delivery experts from Microsoft Services. For a list of all the articles, see Best practices.

Policy settings added with Office 2013

  • Default UI Theme

  • Disable Outlook Update Notifications

  • Enable Retrieval of Remote Certificate Authority Information

  • Hide the Office Store button in Outlook

  • Hide Update Notification

  • Show OneDrive Sign In

  • Target Version

  • Update Deadline

  • Update Path

  • Updates to existing IE Security settings

Policy settings added with Office 2016

  • Age out the locally cached copies of server document versions that are more than n days old

  • Block macros from running in Office files from the Internet

  • Conversion Service Options

  • Disable Real Time Coauthoring for Word

  • Do not promote InfoPath forms properties into Outlook properties

  • Document Information Panel Beaconing UI

  • Enable DLP on application boot

  • Hide built-in shape style presets

  • Office 365 Client Management

  • Office document cache location

  • Offline Mode for Document Information Panel

  • PowerPoint Designer Options

  • Prevent personal Microsoft accounts from using MAPI

  • Prioritize BITS

  • Publish to

  • Send personal information

  • Set the minimum operating system for verifying agile VBA signatures

  • Trust legacy VBA signatures

  • Turn off audio recording for screen recording

  • Update Channel

Overview of all Office 2016 Group Policy settings

The office2016grouppolicyandoctsettings.xlsx spreadsheet contains all of the Office 2016 Group Policy settings. The spreadsheet is included in the Office 2016 Administrative Template files download.


Microsoft provides updates to the Office 2016 Group Policy settings. You should periodically check for new releases of the Office 2016 Administrative Template files at Download the Administrative Templates for Office 2016.